Staples’ Secret For Online Success? Extreme Customer Focus

Hard to imagine, given that Canada is still way behind when it comes to e-commerce, but Staples Canada was in the first wave of companies in the world to test the online waters. The secret to their success, says its CEO, …Continue Reading →

Want More Loyal Customers? Start By Helping Your Suppliers!

Loyal Customers Come from Great Suppliers: A challenge in the home building business

When customer experience experts talk about creating loyal customers we often start by telling you to figure out what your customers’ needs and wants are. Next, we tell you to look at how you are treating your staff. But there’s another component that’s …Continue Reading →

Wish Your Staff Were More Productive? Here Are Some Tips You Might Not Have Thought Of

Lori Schmidt, CEO of GoProductivity sees the link between higher productivity and better customer experiences

When I talk to leaders of manufacturing and construction companies about improving customer experience, I often hear one of two things: We are so damned busy, why would I waste time and money on trying to get even more customers? We …Continue Reading →

How To Do More Great Work in Your Company

MIchael Bungay Stanier, author of Do More Great Work

Ever Feel Like You Are Spinning Your Wheels? It’s a feeling I know all too well.  I’m always struggling to get more done, and especially more of the important things that will move my business forward. So I was thrilled …Continue Reading →

Are You O-Positive? Cool Tool For Employee Engagement & Customer Service Ideas

The other day I went for coffee with a very frustrated marketer. She had been hired by a manufacturing company that claimed they had decided it was time to invest in marketing. Unfortunately, they didn’t really mean it. She’s been stymied …Continue Reading →

How To Compete Against Amazon When You Can’t Win on Price or Speed (& More on eTail)

Renee Racine-Kinnear, VP Customer Experience, Digital Channels, at Indigo aims to compete through better customer experience

Is It Possible To Compete Against Amazon on Books? [NOTE: To see my full notes from the eTail conference, scroll down to after the notes on my interview with Renee.] At the recent eTail Canada conference I interviewed Renee Racine-Kinnear, VP …Continue Reading →

Is It Possible To Put the Service Back in Public Service? This Woman Thinks So

True confession: My first career was as a lobbyist. For the banking industry, no less! One thing I discovered is that most civil servants, especially those at mid-to-entry levels, really want to do what is best for the public. (As …Continue Reading →

A Startup’s Secret Weapon … Outstanding Customer Service

Mark Holowaychuk, Founder & CEO of Vitamart.ca

Compete In A Crowded Industry With Better Customer Service One of my weaknesses as an entrepreneur is that if I see even one other company that is offering the same products I want to sell I start to question whether the …Continue Reading →